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Andrew D Stine Defends Client Successfully In Palm Beach County Felony Battery Case

Making the choice to go to trial or plead guilty in a criminal case is up to the accused. But with proper guidance and information, the accused can make a better decision when they rely on an experienced criminal defense lawyer like Andrew D Stine. On January 24, 2017, a Palm Beach County jury picked by Andrew D Stine came back with a not guilty verdict in an aggravated battery with a deadly weapon case. The Case In case number 15CF006162AWB, the defendant Michael Joseph, was charged with a second degree felony punishable by 15 years in prison. The State of Florida alleged that Mr. Joseph used his vehicle as a missile in running down and striking Nathanial Holmes, causing Holmes to receive severe bodily injuries in Belle Glade, FL.… […]

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Criminal Defense Attorney Explains How to Reduce a Florida Criminal Sentence

Those arrested need honest advice from an experienced criminal defense lawyer to try to obtain the lightest sentence, says West Palm Beach attorney Andrew Stine Many of those facing criminal charges in Florida face the possibility of spending time in prison, possibly many years depending on the alleged crime. West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Andrew Stine in a Google+ Hangout says that there are different ways to address that possibility but no matter the situation, he says one thing remains the same, his honesty with his client. Whether a client wants to discuss a possible plea bargain or try to convince a judge to deviate from the sentencing guidelines, his approach is the same. “The most important thing is to be truthful with the client.” “I’m not a magician.… […]

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Your Right to a Fair Trial in Palm Beach County

As a criminal trial lawyer, I am always fighting to assure that my clients receive a fair trial.  Fair trials are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, but the criminal defense attorney makes the words in the Constitution come alive. One area of concern; to ensure a fair trial for those facing criminal charges, is the right of the criminal defendant to confront those who accuse them of criminal acts. The right of the defendant to face their accuser is born out of the 6th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The 6th Amendment “Confrontation Clause” specifically states: “In all criminal proceedings, the accused shall enjoy the right to be confronted with the witnesses against him.” The “Confrontation Clause,” contains very important rights that allow a criminal defendant to have those who… […]

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Involuntary Intoxication versus Voluntary Intoxication as a Defense in Florida

As a practicing criminal defense lawyer, clients who are charged with crimes walk into the office and many times tell me that they were “drunk” or “high” when they committed the crime. In Florida, under Fl. Stat. 775.051, voluntary intoxication resulting from the consumption, injection, or other use of alcohol or other controlled substance as described in chapter 893, is not a defense to any offense proscribed by law. Evidence of a defendant’s voluntary intoxication is not admissible to show that the defendant lacked the specific intent to commit an offense and is not admissible to show that the defendant was insane at the time of the offense, except when the consumption, injection, or use of a controlled substance under chapter 893 was pursuant to a lawful prescription issued to… […]

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Majority Of Americans Supporting Legalization of Marijuana

Majority Of Americans Supporting Legalization of Marijuana

Today, 20 states and District of Columbia have laws in place that legalize marijuana for medical use. Only 2 states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Although possessing and using recreational marijuana has been legal in 2013 in these 2 states, January 2014 marks a new beginning, where the drug can be sold commercially to customers without medical need for it. In addition to concerns about increase in use for teens and spread of use trickling out of Colorado state, the major concern is shortage of marijuana supply. The lines are long, and with only about 20 stores operating around the state, supply can quickly run out in 1st few months of the year. Tim Cullen, co-owner of the store Evergreen Apothecary in Denver CO, points out… […]

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When A Criminal Case Goes To Trial

When A Criminal Case Goes To Trial

A plea bargain is an agreement in a criminal case between the prosecutor and defendant whereby the defendant agrees to plead guilty to a particular charge in return for some concession from the prosecutor. This may mean that the defendant will plead guilty to a less serious charge, or to one of several charges, in return for the dismissal of other charges; or it may mean that the defendant will plead guilty to the original criminal charge in return for a more lenient sentence. A plea bargain allows both parties to avoid a lengthy criminal trial and may allow criminal defendants to avoid the risk of conviction at trial on a more serious charge. For example, a criminal defendant charged with a felony theft charge, the conviction of which would… […]

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Drug Charges Involving Immigrants

Though there is a longstanding federal strategy in place to combat the abuse and distribution of controlled substances, each state also has its own set of drug laws. One key difference between the two is that while the majority of federal drug convictions are obtained for trafficking, the majority of local and state arrests are made on charges of possession. Out of these state and local arrests, over half are for the possession of marijuana. Another difference between federal and state drug laws is the severity of consequences after a conviction. Federal drug charges generally carry harsher punishments and longer sentences. State arrests for simple possession (i.e. possession without intent to distribute the drug) tend to be charged as misdemeanors and usually involve probation, a short term in a local… […]

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Auto Theft a Misdemeanor or a Federal Crime?

Auto Theft a Misdemeanor or a Federal Crime?

A 25-year-old suburban West Palm Beach man is behind bars this morning after allegedly stealing a car out of Palm Springs. Lee Smith faces charges of possession of marijuana and auto theft and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $3,000 bail. West Palm Beach Police arrested Smith around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after he admitted to stealing a car with the keys in the ignition in a Burger King parking lot in Palm Springs. (read full story) Florida Theft Laws Florida laws use the legal term “theft” to describe a variety of property crimes, including larceny, stealing, misappropriation, conversion, and other offenses. In general, theft involves the unauthorized taking or use of another person’s property. In a theft case, the prosecutor must prove several elements… […]

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3 Louisiana Prison Escapees Are Accused of Kidnapping a Jupiter, Florida Man

Three desperate convicts from Louisiana kidnapped a Jupiter High School graduate recently, led him into some dark woods in Tallahassee and then returned from the woods without him, according to police. The convicts fled and a crime spree ran the length of Florida, from Tallahassee to Miami. Finally on April 12, 2010, authorities cornered the convicts in Miami and brought them back to a Tallahassee jail. “They didn’t have to kill him that way,” one of the convicts said, according to authorities. The convict stopped talking when he realized police had not found the kidnapped man yet. The convict said he wanted to speak to a lawyer. The three convicts were initially charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but now they have been charged with kidnapping to facilitate… […]

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I was Arrested for Shoplifting in Boynton Beach. Now what?

You are going to face a number of legal issues and fines as well as some painful personal embarrassment and humiliation. This is a crime that retailers from Boca Raton to Jupiter take very seriously. But an experienced Palm Beach County criminal defense attorney can save you a lot of the anguish that accompanies a shoplifting charge. Shoplifting is the theft of goods from a retail establishment and one of the most common crimes in Palm Beach County. Most shoplifters are amateurs. There are professionals – however – in the Palm Beach County area who make their living from shoplifting. Store theft – including employees who steal from their employers – costs retailers throughout the country over $41 billion a year, according to a study by the National Retail Federation… […]

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